“TAMASHA” is sensible and relevant, but inaccessible by basic standards!
Showcasing the irony of a man forced into things he isn’t meant for, and ending up as yet another mediocre, the film deals with a pertinent subject. But with a poorly constructed screenplay that isn’t too engaging, the film fails to convey its message effectively. Nevertheless, with superlative lead performances and its heart at the right place, this visually pleasing romantic drama definitely deserves a watch.
It tells the story of Tara (Deepika Padukone), a young Indian girl, who finds herself stranded on the French island of Corsica after she loses all her possessions. In this time of distress, she meets Ved (Ranbir Kapoor) an Indian backpacker who extends to help her. To make their rendezvous more interesting and unpredictable they agree not to disclose their real identities to each other. For the next week, the two spend an indulgent time in Corsica having the time of their lives, until she finds a way to return back to India. Four years later, Tara finds Ved again. He is ordinary and lacking the charm that she remembered him for. Ultimately she rejects his proposal, sending Ved on a journey of self-discovery.
The focal point of this latest Imtiaz Ali venture is the journey of a man who loses his ‘self’ by living according to the social conventions expected of him. While the idea has great profundity, the plot it’s bound in, isn’t as rich. There are insipid twists, and flavorless developments. The narrative is more deceptive than deep, which will mean lack of access and interest from audiences at large. Even for those who follow the idea, won’t get a high that a film of this genre is expected to render.
But coming to the positives, Imtiaz Ali’s intention is clearly worth appreciation. He makes sure he doesn’t put forward yet another run-of-the-mill love story, and dares to present something different and new. It’s basically the treatment that lacks the punch. His storytelling has always been unique and he lives up to his own legacy. If only the screenplay had more riveting elements, the film would’ve been heartily accepted. The optic shots are gorgeous and the film takes you to several beautiful locales, starting from Corsica, in France to some Indian cities—Shimla, Delhi, Gurgaon, Mumbai and Kolkata followed by Tokyo, in Japan. It’s truly a visual treat. The costumes and character evolutions are also depicted deftly. Even the music and dialogue is nifty.
The lead performances are the highlight of this film. The spotlight is apparently on Ranbir Kapoor, who is terrific as the man with unsated desires which he has learnt to live with, owing to the pressures of social conventions. His range is exemplary and he portrays every bit of it superbly. Deepika Padukone puts up a powerfully persuasive act. She knowingly lets Ranbir steal the limelight, yet emerges as perhaps the most riveting of all. Her composure and maturity are truly unmatched. The supporting cast is consistently adequate.
In all, “TAMASHA” is an underwhelming experience, which is a pity considering the fact that the premise held tremendous promise and so did the cast and crew working on it. Withal, worth a watch for its powerful performances and novel narration.

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